PETALING JAYA: An association for security services has welcomed the government’s decision to restrict the use of foreign workers to the construction, agricultural and plantation sectors.
Security Training and Development Association president Khirudin Tajudin, describing the decision as “focused and sensible”, claimed that Malaysians tended to shun the three sectors when looking for employment.
He said the freeze on foreign worker intake for other sectors would encourage employers to make an effort to hire Malaysians.
He expected this to result in the transformation of many sectors.
“With this policy, employers will have to abide by the employment laws and justly compensate their workers,” he told FMT.
Khirudin, who heads a security company, said he would like to see more Malaysians working as security guards because many foreign workers were not fluent in Malay.
The government’s decision was announced in the Dewan Rakyat last week and was swiftly met with a vehement objection from the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers.
FMM president Soh Thian Lai said the “sudden announcement” would “cripple the manufacturing sector, including exporters, who are one of the main revenue contributors to the economy”.
He warned of disruptions of supply chains and urged the government to reconsider the decision.
Malaysian Employers Federation executive director Shamsuddin Bardan said there was no guarantee that Malaysians would want to replace foreign workers in the various industries.
“Obviously, sectors that are denied foreign workers will be faced with acute shortages of manpower and this will cause major disruptions to their operations,” he said.